Crusaders bump off Bulls

Sat, 16 Mar 2013 08:17
Large dagg hand off630 Large tom marshall pass630

The Crusaders got their season going with a convincing 41-19 bonus-point victory over the Bulls in Christchurch on Saturday.

The Crusaders got their season going with a convincing 41-19 bonus-point victory over the Bulls in Christchurch on Saturday.

The Crusaders are back. They are back and again marching on Jerusalem. En route they have routed the Bulls. In fact they brushed them aside in what was hardly a battle at all.

The Crusaders were better in the scrums and better in the line-outs. They won the turnovers hands down and left the flat Bulls with only scraps to dither with. If anything the final score - 41-19, six tries to one - flattered the Bulls.

There is a famous telegram from Paul Roos to the 1937 Springboks before the third Test in which he urged them to take scrums instead of line-outs, as was the law then and the Springboks were so much better at scrumming.

On this Saturday evening in Christchurch the Bulls - four times - chose line-outs ahead of scrums. Apart from the way their scrum creaked and groaned, they were penalised three times in scrums in a match of not many penalties.

It was the Crusaders' first home match after two losses and they were determined. They started off suffering from handling errors. They brushed aside the errors and kept on playing as if they had not happened and their error-in-chief Robbie Fruean came good as a result. And Crusader confidence grew and the big crowd enjoyed them, their support rising.

The Bulls offered little. Having out-of-position players on the wings did not help at all. In particular Jürgen Visser was left lost and wondering, especially on defence. On the other hand back-in-position Israel Dagg was here, there and everywhere and brilliant.

Wynand Olivier tackled Dagg and was penalised for not clearing out of the tackle and Daniel Carter goaled. 3-0 after 6 minutes.

Eventually the Bulls managed to get into the Crusaders' half. They threw deep to Deon Stegmann at the back of the line-out. He made ground till Andy Ellis tackled him. Ellis did not clear out of the tackle and was penalised. 3-3 after 20 minutes. But this was not the dawning of the Bulls as the Crusaders took over.

They tapped a free kick at a scrum and bashed till they went wide right and an easy run-in for Fruean. 10-3 after 25 minutes.

From a line-out the Crusaders bashed, Fruean ran strongly and eventually Kieran Read got over from close quarters. 15-3 after 31 minutes,

When first Read and then Corey Flynn were penalised, Steyn lifted Bulls' hopes to 15-9 but just before half-time the Crusaders went through 17 phases before Johnny McNicholl was free on the left wing and swept round for the try. 22-9 at half-time was a comfortable lead.

George Whitelock was penalised at a tackle and Steyn goaled again. 22-12 after 42 minutes. And then came the try of the night.

The Bulls had the ball. Olivier was tackled and lost the ball forward. (He was so injured in the tackle that he had to be helped off the field.) The Crusaders went left and then they came back to the right. Tom Marshall ran around the outside of Juandré Kruger and then swept inside Morné Steyn for a try at the posts after a run of over 40 metres.  29-12 after 46 minutes.

The Crusaders won a turnover off Werner Kruger and Marshall went on a long, slashing run. They bashed and then went wide right where Wyatt Crockett scored. 34-12.

A penalty gave the Bulls an attacking line-out. For the first time in the match they got their maul working and Chiliboy Ralepelle helped Stegmann over for the Bulls' only try, not one that produced much joy for them. 34-19 after 68 minutes.

From the kick-off Jacques Potgieter lost the ball in a simple tackle and the Crusaders attacked again. But the Bulls won the ball and three times kicked when tries were their only hope of any honour and a bonus point.

Arno Botha lost the ball in a tackle and Tom Donnelly was just out at the corner. Two penalties became five-metre scrums for the Crusaders and they attacked till scrumhalf Willi Heinz scored. 41-19.

Man of the Match: Any number of Crusaders, including our choice of Tom Marshall for his electric try and other strong running, head up and confident.

The scorers:

For the Crusaders:
Tries: Fruean, Read, McNicholl, Marshall, Crockett, Heinz
Con: Carter 4
Pen: Carter

For the Bulls:
Try: Stegmann
Con: Steyn
Pens: Steyn 4

Teams:

Crusaders: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Tom Marshall, 13 Robbie Fruean, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Johnny McNicholl, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Matt Todd, 6 George Whitelock, 5 Dominic Bird, 4 Samuel Whitelock, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Tom Donnelly, 19 Luke Whitelock, 20 Willi Heinz, 21 Tyler Bleyendaal, 22 Adam Whitelock.
 
Bulls: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Jurgen Visser, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Pierre Spies (captain), 7 Arno Botha, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Juandré Kruger, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Frik Kirsten, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Morné Mellett.
Replacements: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Werner Kruger, 18 Grant Hattingh, 19 Jacques Potgieter, 20 Francois Hougaard, 21 Louis Fouché, 22 Jan Serfontein.

Referee: Chris Pollock (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Nick Briant (New Zealand), Kane McBride (New Zealand)
TMO: Vinny Munro (New Zealand)

Wales vs Scotland
sast: 18h50 | local: 20h50

  • 7 | 7
LIVE
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Sat, 13 February 2016
Sale Sharks v Exeter Chiefs 14h30 AJ Bell Stadium
Worcester Warriors v Bath 15h00 Sixways
Northampton Saints v London Irish 15h00 Franklin's Gardens
Gloucester v Harlequins 15h00 Kingsholm
Sun, 14 February 2016
Italy v England 14h00 Rome
Saracens v Wasps 16h00 Allianz Park
Munster v Ospreys 17h00 Irish Independent Park
Mon, 15 February 2016
NMMU-Madibaz v Maties 14h45 Port Elizabeth
TUT v UWC 16h30 Pretoria
UP-Tuks v Shimlas 16h30 Pretoria
CUT-Ixias v UCT-Ikeys 16h30 Bloemfontein
UKZN-Impi v Fort Hare 16h30 Pietermaritzburg
NWU-Pukke v UJ 17h00 Potchefstroom
Thu, 18 February 2016
Fort Hare v Wits 16h30 East London
TUT v UKZN-Impi 16h30 Pretoria
Fri, 19 February 2016
Zebre v Leinster 22h00 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Sat, 20 February 2016
Harlequins v Leicester Tigers 15h00 Twickenham Stoop
London Irish v Exeter Chiefs 15h00 Madejski Stadium
Saracens v Gloucester 15h00 Allianz Park
Worcester Warriors v Sale Sharks 15h00 Sixways
Bath v Wasps 15h00 Recreation Ground
RESULT SCORE
Sat, 13 February 2016
France v Ireland 10 | 9
Treviso v Cardiff Blues 13 | 7
Fri, 12 February 2016
Scarlets v Edinburgh 22 | 21
Newcastle Falcons v Leicester Tigers 26 | 14
Ulster v Glasgow Warriors 13 | 10
Leinster v Zebre 52 | 0
Thu, 11 February 2016
Dragons v Connacht 21 | 26
Mon, 08 February 2016
UCT-Ikeys v Shimlas 17 | 23
Maties v CUT-Ixias 40 | 0
UJ v NMMU-Madibaz 19 | 12
Wits v TUT 53 | 0
UWC v UKZN-Impi 13 | 24
UP-Tuks v NWU-Pukke 15 | 38
Sun, 07 February 2016
Ireland v Wales 16 | 16
Exeter Chiefs v Saracens 11 | 14
SUPER RUGBY
MORE LOGS
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Waratahs 0 0 0 0 0
Brumbies 0 0 0 0 0
Rebels 0 0 0 0 0
Reds 0 0 0 0 0
Force 0 0 0 0 0
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Hurricanes 0 0 0 0 0
Highlanders 0 0 0 0 0
Chiefs 0 0 0 0 0
Crusaders 0 0 0 0 0
Blues 0 0 0 0 0
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 0 0 0 0 0
Bulls 0 0 0 0 0
Cheetahs 0 0 0 0 0
Sunwolves 0 0 0 0 0
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 0 0 0 0 0
Sharks 0 0 0 0 0
Jaguares 0 0 0 0 0
Kings 0 0 0 0 0